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Satan Wants You To Know (Message #1)

Cuneiform tablet with the Atra-Hasis Epic in t...

Man From Dust

The creation of the first man out of the dust of the earth is similar to what is found in ancient Near Eastern mythology. The Atrahasis Epic portrays the creation of humankind out of the blood of the slain deity mixed with clay. Just as dust in the Bible represents what the body becomes at death (Genesis 3:19), so clay was what the body returned to in Babylonian thinking.

The blood of deity represented the divine essence in mankind, a similar concept to God’s bringing Adam into being with the breath of life. In Egyptian thinking it is the tears of the god that are mixed with clay to form man, though the Instructions of Merikare also speak of the god’s making breath for their noses.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

October 2, 2010 Posted by | Education, Satan Wants You To Know | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Estimated 1 Billion Adults Struggled to Afford Food in 2009

An estimated 1 billion adults worldwide reported not having enough money at times to buy the food they or their families needed. A disproportionate percentage of people in sub-Saharan Africa are affected.

Across the 113 countries surveyed, a median of 26% adults reported struggling at times to afford food for themselves or their families. Consistent with what Gallup has documented in previous years, the percentage of adults struggling in 2009 was highest in sub-Saharan Africa. At least 4 in 10 adults in every country surveyed in this region, with the exception of Djibouti, reported problems.

In fact, of the 22 countries where more than half of adults reported difficulties affording food at times in 2009, 15 are in sub-Saharan Africa. Struggles to afford food are not new to citizens in most of these countries. Food riots took place and there were fears of unrest in several countries, such as Cameroon and the Philippines, when global food prices surged in 2008.

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October 2, 2010 Posted by | Current Events | , , , | Leave a comment